Bamboos are lovely oriental plants that add an exotic touch to a garden, their rustling leaves adding atmosphere on a breezy day. Even the clump forming varieties can spread by rhizomes, strong bamboo liners are available which will help prevent any sideways movement. Known as Golden bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea is usually a clump forming bamboo. The canes are initially green, turning brown yellow when mature, needing bright sunlight to be fully yellow. The leaves are sword shaped, yellow to bright green. Plants give an oriental feel to a courtyard setting, especially if planted in Japanese style pots.